UNICEF & Child Mental Health Panel

Anna Hackel
Publication Year:
  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


This June 24, 2020, panel was hosted and moderated by Anna Hackel, a rising junior at NYU and a UNICEF global engagement volunteer. This panel provides insight into UNICEF’s Global Development Commons platform and discusses child and adolescent mental health and education in light of Covid-19, on both a local and global scale. The panel is comprised of Child Psychologist and NYU Professor Lori Evans, Child Psychiatrist and NYU Professor Jess Shatkin, Early Childhood Education Consultant and NYU Accra Professor Regina Gogo, Harvard graduate and UNICEF intern Marta Lasota and UNICEF Research Analyst Sanchi Ravishanker. Their full bios and the audio transcript can be downloaded to the right. Enjoy! 

Target Audience: Youth, Mental Health Practitioners, Educators, Parents

Main Discussion Points of the Panel:

  • Introduction to the Global Development Commons (if you would like to skip directly to the panel, go to 8:53)

  • Early education in Ghana

    • Structure of Ghana’s preschool system

    • Effect of COVID-19 on Ghana’s preschool system, children’s mental health, and potential developmental delays

    • Plans for bringing children back into the traditional classroom 

  • Practitioners’ top concerns for child and adolescent mental health 

  • COVID-19’s emphasis and exposure of the disparities among children’s resources and circumstances

  • Shifts in mental health treatment in response to COVID-19, both positive and negative

  • The new relationship between mental health practitioners and children

  • Effect of quarantine and online learning on mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, OCD, social phobias and bipolar disorder 

  • Mental health of Black children in the U.S. in relation to COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement

  • Changes in special education and individualized education plans (IEPs) in the U.S. and Ghana

  • Importance of self-care



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